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A Pop Quiz for Things Learned at Sochi 2014

You've just spent two weeks of your life watching things you won't even think about for another four years. But how much did you really learn? Here's a pop quiz.

What was the biggest controversy in figure skating?

a. Johnny Weir committing a fashion faux pas by mixing a hairpiece of yellow flowers with a champagne dinner jacket.

b. An ice dancer being disqualified when she accidentally jumped.

c. Somebody actually thinking they could explain the scoring.

Why don't NHL owners want their players in the Olympics?

a. They disrespect the game by not allowing players to punch each other in the face.

b. NHL fans are beginning to realize there's a lot of Russians playing on their favorite teams.

c. It makes people pay far too much attention to hockey.

What new sports debuted in Sochi?

a. The non-Nordic combined, where ice dancers race each other in short track, then have their outfits judged by Johnny Weir.

b. Stray dog catching.

c. The traditional Russian whipping contest, won in a medal sweep by the Cossacks.

Who are the breakout stars of the Games, according to social media?

a. Luger Kate Hansen and her hall-roaming wolf.

b. Lolo Jones, who keeps getting noticed for all the wrong reasons.

c. Bobsledder Johnny Quinn for gold in bathroom door smashing.

Why was women's hockey popular?

a. Russians discovered their women players can all score more than Alexander Ovechkin.

b. In an age of parity, people like to see only two teams with a chance at the gold.

c. With a collapse for the ages, the U.S. team finally figured out way to make it interesting.

What did President Vladimir Putin gain most for himself from the games?

a. His presidential mansion in Sochi is now worth more because there's a vacant hockey arena nearby.

b. He gets to keep all three mascots.

c. He bolstered his image as a lovable and benign ruler.

Where should they hold future Winter Olympic Games?

a. On a mountaintop in Nepal where security won't be an issue.

b. Costa Rica.

c. Any place with a benevolent ruler with $51 billion to spare.

Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.

The views expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the position of The Moscow Times.

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